Selling your home can be one of the most stressful times in your life. While trying to live a ‘normal’ day-to-day life, complete strangers will be traipsing through your home over the weekends, no doubt judging your décor and choices!
Selling can be invasive and disruptive but really doesn’t have to be a negative or painful experience.
Here are our top tips on some the simplest, yet most effective ways of upgrading your home and its selling appeal:
All it takes is a lick of paint
If you’re looking to transform the exterior of your home, patio or garden area – it really is as simple as a new coat of paint. The power of a fresh, new coat is not to be underestimated, and it won’t break the bank either!
One the greatest impacts on potential home buyers is the wall colour, so it’s best to keep it fresh and neutral so that potential buyers are not distracted or overwhelmed by bright, garish colours, failing to see past that and the true potential of your property.
Clean those gutters
Key to keeping the exterior of your home protected from the elements as well as modern and well maintained in appearance is the state of your gutters. Make sure to declutter your gutters before your show house.
Clean up the drain pipe areas of debris and replace rusted, old drain grates or covers if needed, ensure there are no sagging or rusted brackets.
Update outdoor fixtures
Outdated light fixtures, door handles or knobs and even old-fashioned fencing and gates can deter many a buyer. Small fixes like changing door knobs can neaten things up for those potential home buyers.
Get busy digging
If you garden is looking a little tired and sad, one of the quickest ways to add exterior appeal to your home is trimming back hedges and shrubs and planting some fresh, new florals in key positions throughout your garden.
Keep your grass short and neat where you can, creating the image of a manicured and well-maintained property.
Enhance the entry
First impressions matter, and what is likely to stick with a potential home buyer is their first sight of the entry to your home. Repaint or varnish your front door, re-paint the exterior trim and replace the house numbers if the old ones are looking shabby.
First impressions count, and naturally, the first thing a potential home buyer will notice is what your home looks like from the road, immediately judging the interior of your home based on your ‘curb appeal’. Making small but meaningful changes will not only make your home more appealing, but they may also help to sell a lot quicker.